Virginia Thoroughbred Association

Virginia-Certified Program Distributes $1,357,730 In Additional Earnings In 2019

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s residency program hit a new gear in 2019 as $1,357,730 in bonus monies were distributed from 338 victories at tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region. A total of 156 different owners, who had a horse spend at least six months at a registered farm in the Commonwealth prior to Dec. 31st of […]

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Virginia Breeders Fund Pays Out Over $712,000 In Bonuses In 2019

A total of $712,500 in bonus awards were paid out in 2019 to Virginia breeders courtesy of the Virginia Breeders Fund. A total of 45 different breeders shared in the prize pool which came from 165 state-bred winners who amassed purse earnings of $3,298,412. The Virginia Breeders fund is generated by 1 percent of every […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Backer Builds Upon On Her Farm’s Legacy

Horses were originally her husband’s passion, and when William Montague “Bill” Backer died 3 1/2 years ago Ann Backer wasn’t sure whether she would carry on with the business. With the help of long-time farm manager Susan Dunham, Backer restructured her Virginia-based program and has found herself truly enjoying the Thoroughbred game. “Upon his death, […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Zonda, Tass Show Early Dividends For Schera’s Pilot Project

Matt Schera learned about the Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s Virginia-certified program two years ago, and that season he sent his first several yearlings to be started at the Braeburn Training Center located in the foothills of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. In order to qualify for the Certified program, horses must spend a six-month residency at […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Golden Having ‘Too Much Fun’ With Parisian Diva

Melinda Golden of Hancock, Md., has owned horses since 1969 but has never had as much fun as she’s currently enjoying with her homebred filly Parisian Diva. The 3-year-old West Virginia-bred by Freedom Child out of Paris Heiress, by Wildcat Heir, has won seven races from 11 starts with three seconds and a third for […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: New York-Bred Mr. Buff Racking Up Virginia-Sired Bonuses For Bromans

Four-time stakes winner Mr. Buff may have been foaled in New York, but over the past year the 5-year-old gelding has helped his owner/breeder Chester Broman earn over $140,000 in bonus money from the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. By Virginia-registered stallion Friend Or Foe, Mr. Buff is eligible for the Virginia-sired program. He earns a 25 […]

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Betting Handle In Virginia Up $10 Million Over 2017

According to a Virginia Thoroughbred Association report Thursday, rises in OTB and ADW handle in Virginia have prompted a $10 million increase in overall racing handle in the state from 2017. Through the first seven months of the year, ADW was over $52 million, up 3.2 percent from the same period in 2017. OTB handle […]

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Off And Running: New Virginia Residency Program A Certified Success

Just a few years ago, Virginia’s historic Thoroughbred industry, which had once cradled Secretariat, looked poised for a slow death. Colonial Downs ran its last race in 2013, and a bitter, dramatic series of arguments between the horsemen and track owner Jacobs Entertainment kept it closed. The state already had lost ground to West Virginia […]

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‘You’ve Got To Protect Something’: Middleburg Training Center Seems Here To Stay

The last year has been a major learning curve for Chuck Kuhn. The founder of JK Moving Services in Sterling, Va. is the first one to point out he had no experience in the Thoroughbred business when he purchased the Middleburg Training Center in the heart of Virginia horse country. He hadn’t been looking to […]

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